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Synopsis of Program

Take back unforgettable memories with this 12 Day journey while you traverse both islands. At night sleep in spacious rooms. Visit unique glowworm caves, immerse yourself with the Maori culture of New Zealand in Te Puia, walk in the valley to the face of glaciers that are mere 300 meters above sea level and cruise in world heritage Fiordland and cross the southern alps on a scenic Transalpine rail journey.


Destination flow excluding arrival and departure locations

  • Auckland – Waitomo-Rotorua – by road
  • Rotorua – Christchurch – by flight
  • Christchurch – Greymouth – by Transalpine Rail
  • Greymouth – Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – by road
  • Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – Queenstown by road
  • Queenstown – Milford or Doubtful Sound – Queenstown – by road
  • Queenstown – Christchurch via Mount Cook – by road

Included experiences

  • Guided tour to Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Visit to Agrodome – a unique New Zealand Farm representation
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Te Puia Daytime Experience
  • Gondola in Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Transalpine Train Journey

In Brief

Days /Nights 12 Days / 11 Nights
Start/Finish Point Auckland/Christchurch, New Zealand or Reverse


 

DAY 1

Arrive Auckland – Private Transfer to your accommodation – relax, take it easy, later take a walk to the Sky Tower and if the night is clear take a ride up to the observatory see the beautiful Auckland cityscape



DAY 2

This is truly a relaxed day with no agenda of any kind and yours to completely enjoy. Auckland has a vibrant Central Business District (CBD) and much to explore within the CBD and you could spend a bit time wandering around the CBD. Take a walk down to the Viaduct and the Ferry Terminal and walk along the Viaduct and see firsthand why Auckland is called the "City of Sails".



DAY 3

After breakfast it's time to pick up your rental car or your Luxury Bus will pick you up for your trip to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then on to Rotorua. You will go on a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of Glowworms on the cavern roof. Tonight you will check in to your chosen accommodation in Rotorua



DAY 4

This morning it's time to go to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, see Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools. Then onward to Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the famous Agrodome for the Sheep Show featuring sheep dog demonstrations and sheep shearing. Afternoon is yours to do what you please.



DAY 5

Say farewell to this thermal landscape as you make your way to Rotorua airport for your flight to Christchurch (flight cost not included). Self-drive guests don’t forget to pick up your car at the airport before you make your way in to the city.



DAY 6

If you are driving head out to Arthur’s Pass for an amazing Transalpine road trip to Greymouth and then onward to Franz Josef. Seat in Coach guests your shuttle will transfer you to Rail Station for your Transalpine Journey



DAY 7

The glacier region is a stunning landscape region where rainforest meets glaciers. Your guide will pick you up for your Glacier Valley guided walk today that will take to you to the face of the glacier.



DAY 8

Head out bright & early today to go over Haast Pass to Queenstown – please ensure Haast Pass is open for driving before you make your way.



DAY 9

Drive along the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, Te Anau and along the way stop at Mirror Lake and marvel at the “clear as glass” water and reflection of the sky and surrounding landscape. Then pass through the Eglinton Valley and Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound for the Scenic Cruise on the 8th wonder of the world. After the cruise head back the way you came to Queenstown



DAY 10

Wake up to another beautiful day in Queenstown. Today is pretty much your day to chill and do what you want, wait a minute don’t forget to go on the Gondola to Bob’s peak.



DAY 11

After a good night’s sleep in the Alpine Ski Resort of New Zealand make your way to Christchurch for your final night in this magical land with a stopover at Mount Cook and the Good Shepherd Church in Lake Tekapo.



DAY 12

After the last wonderful 11 days you will make your reluctant way back to airport for your flight back home. SAFE TRAVELS



1. STAY Location - (Stay Class is as per guest selection) – you can choose to change the Auckland night to Queenstown if you wish

  • 11 nights with breakfast (Please note some accommodation will be with continental breakfast and not cooked breakfast)
  • Auckland – 2 night
  • Rotorua – 2 nights
  • Christchurch – 2 night
  • Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – 2 nights
  • Queenstown – 3 nights

2. Private Transfer for Self Drive Guests:

  • a. Auckland Airport to Hotel

3. Private & Shuttle Transfers for Seat in Coach Guests:

  • Auckland Airport to Hotel
  • Hotel to Rotorua Airport
  • Christchurch Airport to Hotel
  • Hotel to Christchurch Rail Station
  • Hotel to Christchurch Airport

4. Rental Vehicle for Self Drive Guests

  • Toyota Corolla or similar with standard insurance
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • We highly recommend an upgrade to an intermediate Sedan or mid-size or full size SUV if you are four or more Adult guests

5. Seat in Luxury Coach Day Tours

  • Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo
  • Rotorua tour
  • Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown

6. Seat in Luxury Coach Transfers

  • Queenstown to Fox Glacier/Franz Josef
  • Fox Glacier/Franz Josef to Greymouth

7. Included Experiences & Activities

  • Guided Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Te Puia Daytime Experience Combo
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Gondola to Bob’s Peak
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Transalpine Scenic Rail* (only for Luxury Coach guests)

  • All flights international and domestic as applicable
  • Visa and other travel related fees
  • Holiday protection and travel insurance
  • All meals other than already specified
  • All items other than specified in the inclusions

Rental vehicle options & information

  • Toyota Corolla (compact) is the default car for all three travel class
  • All vehicles come with standard Collision Damage Waiver
  • For Peace of Mind we recommend you opt for Total Collision Damage Waiver
    • Price varies depending on the type of vehicle hired
  • Airport Pick and Ferry Pick if any are included and varies according to airport/ferry and vehicle rental company
  • Rental Vehicle considered are from Hertz, Thrifty & Go Rentals
  • All rental vehicles are subject to availability
  • If primary driver and/or any driver is under 25 there will be additional charge
  • Fuel, Parking, Road & Toll and Additional Driver charges if any are not included and is the responsibility of the hiring guest
  • Add $3 per day for an Intermediate Sedan like Toyota Camry or similar
  • Add $5 per day full sized sedan such as Toyota Aurion 3.5L or similar - V6 engine
  • Add $55 per day for a midsized 4WD SUV like Toyota RAV 4 0r similar
  • Add $65 per day for Full Size SUV like Toyota Highlander or similar – 3.5L to 4.0L AWD
  • Add $75 per day for Premium SUV Toyota Prado – 3.0L – up to 7 guests can be seated
  • For other vehicles such as Vans and People Movers please enquire

Special note for children

1. Seat in Coach:
  • Children under age of 12 travelling with two adults sharing existing bedding may travel at 50% of normal adult cost
  • Children under age of 12 travelling with two adults requiring additional bedding may travel at 67% of normal adult cost

2. Self Drive:
  • Children under 12, who share a room and existing bedding with two adults, will not be subject to room costs, however any meals such as breakfast that form part of our programs will attract 50% of adult cost
  • Children under 12 who share a room with two adults and requires additional bedding will be priced as triple share on adult triple share cost

3. Sightseeing, experiences and other activity providers:
  • Child price and age of child varies widely from these providers and the same will be given on request. We have given the child cost in each of our highly recommended options below

Highly recommended options – these prices are valid only if purchased in advance from us

  • Auckland City Highlights - $69 for Adult and $34 for child 3-14 years
  • Upgrade Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to double cave system of Ruakuri & Glow Worm Cave for $35 Adult & $12 Child 4-14 years
    • Not available for Seat in Coach Guests
  • If you are not a vegetarian and open to try traditional Maori Style Feast (called Hangi) then we recommend the Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience on Day 3 - $93 Adult/$55 Child 5 -15 years
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch - $135 adult/$55 child 3-15 years – N/A (not part of route)
  • Neve Discoverer (Scenic Helicopter Flight) - $207 adult/$145 child 4-14 years – N/A (not part of route)
  • Twin Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight - $270 adult/$190 child 4-14 years – N/A (not part of route)
  • Upgrade to Doubtful Sound Cruise ¬ $169 adult/$53 child 4-14 years
    • Please add $27 for Seat in Coach Guests
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride - $445 adult/$295 child 4-12 years
  • Shot over Jet Boat Ride - $118 adult/$63 child 4-14 years
  • Tandem Skydive - $269 for 9000FT, $305 for 12000FT, $395 for 15000FT
  • Gondola - $25 adult /$15 child 5-14 years - N/A (already included)
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
    • Moa Line (4 Zipline) - $118 adult/ $72 youth 6-14 years
    • Kea Line (6 Zipline) - $163 adult/ $118 youth 6-14 years
  • Boutique Wine Tour - $175 adult/ $117 child 6-17 years
    • Includes gourmet platter lunch at Carrick Winery
  • Glacier Valley Guide Walk - $68.50 adult/ $59 child 6-16 years – N/A (not part of route)
  • Price is valid for travel dates between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015
  • All prices are per guest on Twin Share basis
    • Single, Triple and Multi Share prices are available on request
  • Price is inclusive of 15% New Zealand GST (Goods & Services Tax)
  • All bookings must be made as follows:
    • Booking must be confirmed 60 days prior to actual date of arrival
    • 25% of the price must be made at the time of booking confirmation
      • If booking is made within 45 days from date of arrival – 100% payment is required at time of confirmation
    • Balance 75% the price to be remitted 20 working days prior to date of arrival
    • Please note if full payment is not received we will be forced to cancel all reservations held under your name
    • If program is cancelled prior to making full payment we will refund your booking amount less 10% of the program price for service charges
    • All applicable bank and credit card services fees are to your account either during payment or refund
    • If program is cancelled after making full payment and is 72 hours before actual date of arrival the service charge fee will be 25% of the program price
    • If program is cancelled within 48 hours of arrival date there will be no refund
  • All experiences are provided by our experience partners
  • For any reason the scheduled experience is cancelled by the provider or postponed due to unsuitable conditions
    • They will try to reschedule a suitable alternate time failing which a refund for the specific experience will be made
  • All accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking
    • If specific accommodation is unavailable suitable alternate accommodation will be arranged within the same price category
    • Please note it is not always possible to offer accommodation in the same price category. On such occasion the next best alternative accommodation class will be offered
* For full details please see our "Terms & Conditions" page

Program Cost per guest
on twin share basis in
Executive Class Premier Class Prestige Class
Self Drive Rental Car NZ $2,310 NZ $2,495 NZ $2,920
Seat in Luxury Coach NZ $2,920 NZ $3,100 NZ $3,525

* Price mentioned are for per person on twin sharing basis.



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